Monday, August 20, 2012

Charming Posy Pocket

Can you guess what this lovely posy pocket is made from?  It's a common household item and I guarantee that you use it everyday.

Okay, I know, that's not much of a hint.  It's an empty toilet paper roll...can you believe it?!  I must admit, this was not my idea.  I was clicking around blogland a few months ago and pinned this.  I liked the concept, but it was too plain and nowhere near vintage-y enough for me, so I made my own version.  It's so simple and easy to alter for different occasions.  You will see more of these from me since the stash is now full of toilet paper I don't save enough stuff already!

A Couple Details:
  • I flattened my TP roll, then layered on some patterned paper.  I tried to use my little sewing machine to stitch the bottom, but the 4 layers of cardboard and cardstock were not friendly.  I'm sure I could have gotten through it with my big machine, but didn't want to drag it out of storage.  So, instead, I used a teeny-tiny hole punch and a tapestry needle with twine to whip-stitch the bottom edge.  Worked like a dream and looks pretty too.
  • The front is layered up with book paper, pretty rose printable from The Graphics Fairy, vintage rick rack, ephemera stickers, and a stamped butterfly.  A thicker length of twine was used to create the handle by simply punching some holes and knotting the ends.  The finishing touch is some paper roses, reindeer moss, and ferns.

So charming!  Or should I say Charmin?  J
Patterned Paper:  Stampington & Co. ‘Quite White’; vintage book page
Image: The Graphics Fairy ‘Pink French Rose’
Stamps: My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Two  Blush ‘Princess’
Inks: StazOn ‘Timber Brown’; Distress Ink ‘Old Paper’; Distress Stain ‘Victorian Velvet’, ‘Worn Lipstick’, ‘Spiced Marmalade’
Embellishments: Vintage cotton rick rack; K&Co stickers; recycled twine; Papertrey Ink rustic button twine; floral
Tools:  Hole punch; Tim Holtz paper distresser; scallop scissors; Memory Maker’s ribbon glue
Misc: Empty toilet paper roll


  1. What a cute idea - love all the embellishments. Love your blog name too!

  2. This is sooo pretty,a lovely vintagy piece. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge, and hope to see you again next time x

  3. oh wow - this is truly amazing - all from a lil toilet paper roll? you really turned this into a gorgeous gem! Thanks for playing along with us at Paperplay Challenges.

  4. OH WOW!! Stunning!!! What a lovely vintage creation and all from a toilet roll lol. FABULOUS!!! Thank you for joining in with us at Stampotique and hope to see you again. Polly

  5. A truly delightful creation, thanks for sharing with us at SDC this week.

  6. What a wonderful creation! Thanks for joining the Stampotique DC

  7. LOL, love it, charming,'s gorgeous! I love the lacey detail of it. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week.

  8. This is stunning, what a fabulous idea, looks amazing! Thanks for joining Craft Punked this week, Paula :))

  9. Beautiful flowery T.P. Holder! I would have never known that you used that to create this elegant project! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

  10. I don’t even know how I stopped up here, but I believed this post was great. I do not realize who you might be however definitely you’re going to a well-known blogger should you are not already. Cheers!

  11. Thanks for joining in at Craft Punked this week with your lovely creation.
    daisylou xxx

  12. Oh, how adorable! I can't wait to make one!

    With flowers peeking out the top, as you have designed it, it would be adorable hanging on a Christmas tree or in a little spot on a wall, but stuffed with a bit of tulle or shredded paper, it would be a cute little gift bag for a, um, cute little gift!

    Congratulations on being The Graphic Fairy's Handmade Craft pick for this week! I'm delighted to have found you via her blog.: )


  13. So classy looking despite the base coming out of a TP roll! Who would have guessed?! I love the soft/romantic feel of this. For a change, I actually have some of those ephemera stickers etc from K&Co. you have used, woohoooo! Can't wait to try these, thanks!

  14. To make it really easy, you can hot glue the bottom of the cardboard tube closed, then simply hot glue some trim over it. I made these with a summer school class with kids in grades 2-5 and they loved the results! Iridescent pipe cleaners from a craft store also make great handles when making them with kids.

  15. Such lovely work, thanks for sharing!!

  16. Love this! Thank you for sharing.
    Carol O

  17. I should have asked this in my first post: How flat do you flatten the rolls? Enough to leave creases on the sides, or full-on folds? Thanks!

    1. Hi Pat,
      I flatten the rolls with my hand...just enough to easily adhere the patterned paper, but not enough to leave a hard crease. You want the top to pop open on it's own once the bottom is stitched up. No worries about "over flattening" can always reshape it a bit once your paper is on and the bottom is stitched.
      Are you making one? Leave a link to it when you are finished, I would love to see it!

    2. Thank you for the tips! I've been monitoring our T.P. Rolls in Use status so I can snatch one while it still has two or three sheets on it, before someone else throws it out! If, by some miracle, I can make a "pocket" that's at least *10 percent* as nice as yours, I'll send a pic on over!


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